2021 is here. This is the time to start pondering over New Year’s goals and resolutions. Everyone makes a list of things to do in the new year. This is the exact time to think about it.
So, in this post, I will try to help you make a checklist of new year’s resolutions that will help you take care of your physical, mental and social health, others, the environment, and animals. Here, I will pinpoint things that are easy to do and trust me, you’ll enjoy following it.
New Year Resolutions Ideas For You
With the new year, start thinking about yourself too. The most important thing in your life is your wellbeing, and most important being in your life is you. Self-care is taking care of yourself, to pamper yourself, and to do things that make you happy.
Self-care is not selfish, but an essential thing to include in one's lifestyle. Taking care of yourself should be your priority and your duty. Do anything that gives you happiness, that takes away all your worries and stress, that grooms you to be better.
This year make this a habit to think about yourself. Doesn’t matter if you are working, taking care of kids, homemaker, or whatever, take some time out of your busy schedule for yourself.
In “your own time”, read, dance, sing, get a massage, take a nap, watch a movie/web series, walk, give a treat to yourself, or anything you love. Just do it. You'll love it.
2. Spend time with yourself
In the hurly-burly of life, we forget ourselves. Self-care gives us time to pamper ourselves, but we are still doing something or the other. Take some time, it does not matter how much, even 15 minutes are sufficient. In this time sit with yourself and wonder about life. See where you are heading. Think of things that don’t serve you. Think about your negative traits and how you could get rid of them. Try to find your purpose in life. Try to find yourself.
Calm down your mind. Meditate daily. This is the time when you declutter your thoughts and free yourself from the burden of unnecessary worries. We all have some problems in our lives, but the best way is to think about the solution and not emphasize on the problem. When you give attention to something that thing multiples and makes its way to your life. For instance, if you think about the problem, be ready to face multiple problems. Similarly, if you focus on the positive, such as I will find a solution, be ready because a solution will knock your door soon.
This time is all about getting in tune with yourself and to know yourself a little more.
3. Start eating healthy
When your body is happy, your mental health will become better ultimately. Our eating habits are so poor that we blame other things for our illness. We don’t usually think about our digestive system, and keep dumping anything that appeals to our taste buds.
If you want to stay happy and healthy, so start eating healthy food now. The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us so much. It showed us the value of immunity and healthy living. Throughout lockdown we cooked ourselves and ate, but as the restrictions lifted, old dietary habits are making its way back.
Junk food spoils your immunity and invites diseases. Eating it sometimes is okay, but eating junk food four days a week is toxic. The cause of most diseases is poor digestive health. To ensure good health, start eating
More vegetables and fruits. It’ll be better if you consume local and seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Stop eating meat, eggs and dairy products. Meat is said to be the cause of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, whereas, 95% of the human population is lactose intolerant, that is, most human beings cannot digest milk and milk products.
Drink more water.
Don’t drink alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, instead drink juices.
Eating healthy is the key to staying healthy.
For physical and mental fitness, exercise is necessary. You can exercise the way you like. You can go to gym, or do yoga, go for a morning/evening walk, dance, or anything. In doing so, make sure you are not harsh on yourself.
The exercise is for making you feel good and not tired. You’ll feel energised and lively.
5. Learn something new or pursue a hobby
I find myself saying this a lot “life is all about learning and experiencing". Whether it is painting or singing, learning a new dance form or some new skill, you are never late. Things you couldn’t do then can be done now.
What you need is the will to do so. Age is just a number, you never get old, only the body does. So, what are you waiting for, think, plan and go ahead.
6. Practice gratitude and other qualities
This year try to connect with the Divine. Count your blessings and be grateful. Inculcate compassion, kindness, love in yourself. You’ll feel more positive and motivated. You’ll be surprised to see the new you.
7. Don’t be stressed
There’s a quote by L.M. Montgomery, Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?
New year, new day, new opportunities and new everything, so why worry about yesterday. I know the worries will never die, but we can change our outlook. This year promise yourself that you’ll not worry about worry because worrying invites more worries. Did it make sense? Read that again.
Just believe in yourself and live in the present moment. If you are still stuck with a worry, go and read my previous post on How to be Happy?
8. Set tiny goals
We are always trying to achieve something then why not write it down and stay focussed. Writing things and planning them beforehand makes the work easy and achievable.
9. Think about others
We are social beings and we can’t stand without others. Therefore, it is necessary to be concerned about our society and people. If people around you are happy, you’ll become happy too, and vice versa.
To make this world a happy place, you should start
Appreciating others for their achievements and accomplishments. Grow together.
Help the ones in need, if possible, but don’t burden yourself.
Give compliments to them. This will make them happy.
Expand your perspective. Try to get into their shoes and perceive a situation from their lens. This will help you know them better and will eliminate misunderstandings.
Voice up against the wrong.
Try to socialize with people and animals. It doesn’t matter whether you are an introvert or extrovert or ambivert. Connecting with people can help your mind stay stable and not overthink.
10. Be conscious about the environment
Nothing can be called complete if it does not consider the environment. We know the value of the environment and why we should start thinking about it more seriously. We should add environment in our resolutions because if there’s no environment, there will be no life.
Try eco-friendly living:
Eco-friendly living is nothing, but thinking about the environment everytime we do something. Think about the environmental footprints of your actions. Give priority to the environment. Save water and other natural resources.
Follow 8 R’s of sustainable living:
Rethink: your choices.
Refuse: single use.
Refurbish: old stuff.
Repair: before you replace.
Repurpose: be creative, reinvent.
Recycle: last option.
Stop eating meat and animal products:
Animal agriculture contributes to 14.5% greenhouse gas emissions, which is a major cause of climate change.
Stop using plastic:
Plastic is everywhere, on all things there on supermarket’s shelves, in bottles, pens, mobile phones, giftwraps, straws, in rivers, in oceans, in marine creatures, and the list is too long. We all know plastic pollution is choking the environment. Therefore, to control this, individual action is necessary. Try to avoid using plastic wherever possible.
Try simplistic living:
Fulfil your needs, not wants.
Be environment conscious and read more about it, so that you can do your bit.
11. Think more about animals
Animals are sentient beings just like us. They are smart, intelligent, have emotions, and feel everything. It is our responsibility to take care of them. We should do our bit to protect them from the torment they go through on a daily basis.
By doing this you can save animals from abuse and cruelty.
1. Stop using fur, feathers, and leather products:
Fur and leather is derived from animals’ skin and feathers are snatched from birds. The animals are slaughtered by human beings to obtain it. Don’t use leather purses, bags, shoes, belts, jackets, diaries, car interiors, mink blankets, feathery attires, and so many more. Look for its alternatives. They cannot live without their skin, but we can.
2. Stop eating meat, eggs, and dairy products:
Millions of animals are killed for their meat every single day in the whole world. Whereas, many more are living in inhumane conditions, scared, bleak. You can stop this by quitting eating meat, eggs and dairy products.
3. Stop visiting zoos, seaquariums, seaworld, and places where animals and birds are kept captive.
4. Stop using products that are tested and experimented on animals. Go for products that are cruelty-free and vegan, also peta certified.
5. Don’t ride on animals. Elephants, camels, reindeers, horses, and several other animals go through immeasurable torture for these rides. They may appear well on the outside, but their life is like a nightmare.
Animals are suffering because of us. These points are just an introduction. Once, you see their lives you might not be able to sleep, as it is horrible than a horror movie. We are planning to care for ourselves, but we should never forget these innocent creatures.
This new year let’s make ourselves, our lives, our environment and our fellow beings, including animals, lives better forever. New year is giving us a new chance to rethink our past choices. Now, it’s up to us where we head.
I’m wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year. May this year bring joy, happiness and success to you.
Do you have any other resolution, let me know in the comments below.
Have a great day!
 "Red meat consumption linked to increased risk of total, cardiovascular, and, cancer mortality", Harvard School of Public Health, 12 March 2012.
 Food and Agriculture Organisation http://www.fao.org/3/a-i6171e.pdf